Data Support Specialist

New Haven County
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Created: March 15, 2016


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose:  Under the supervision of the Director, StatLab and Technology Programs for Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), the Data Support Specialist position provides consultations, instruction, and outreach in support of data collection, manipulation, storage, cleaning, analysis, and management for scholarship. As part of the CSSSI team, the Data Support Specialist works closely with librarians and statistical specialists delivering a broad range of data services to the academic community.

The Data Support Specialist collaborates with the Director, Data Librarians, and the Statistical Support Specialist to develop scalable and sustainable services in support of data discoverability, access and utility. In close partnership with subject liaisons, GIS specialists, and StatLab staff, the Data Support Specialist facilitates interaction with locally created and externally available data resources available.

This position provides assistance in working with inconsistent data formats, translating between different formats, different databases and maximizing data usability.  Using tools such as the command line, Python, SQL, Perl, and Tableau, the Data Support Specialist relates multiple information formats to find new ways of interrogating and representing the data.

Required Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years’ experience in an academic environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Proven ability to support and implement complex quantitative or geospatial databases (one or more of the following: MySQL, Microsoft SQL, Postgres, Access, Filemaker), information architecture, and database design.
• Understanding of scripting languages (such as Python, Perl, JavaScript) and knowledge of software versioning methods and tools.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization.
• Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
• Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
Preferred:  Experience with data visualization tools and languages (Tableau, leaflet, Processing, D3). Experience with research data lifecycle pipeline including discovery and repository software (Blacklight, SOLR). Broad understanding of metadata standards and formats. Demonstrated proficiency with command line and shell scripting. Advanced degree in Computer Science or Library/Information Science.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI)
The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), located in the Kline Biology Tower, provides Yale faculty, students, and staff with state-of-the-art information services in a technology-rich environment. It is designed to provide easily accessible support for science, social science, and interdisciplinary researchers.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at - the STARS req ID for this position is 36136BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 20:56 UTC

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